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By Lauren Frayer

When Lassana Bathily escaped from a Paris supermarket that was under siege, police at first thought he was the assailant. They forced him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Bathily, 24, is an immigrant from Mali, with the same skin color as the gunman for whom police were hunting. Also like the gunman, Bathily is a Muslim.

“An hour and a half they kept me cuffed,” Bathily told French TV. “Until one of my colleagues who wasn’t working that day came and told them who I am.” [Read more…]